Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev announces resignation

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has abruptly announced his resignation 29 years after taking office.  In a televised address on Tuesday, the 78-year-old said he has made the "difficult" decision to terminate his authority as president, but did not give a specific reason for the shocking decision. "I have decided to end my duties as president,"…
UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m

UN calls for aid as displaced from Cyclone Idai may reach 2m

Geneva, Switzerland - At least half a million Mozambicans have been displaced by cyclone Idai, but that figure may rise to four times that in the aftermath of the devastation, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday. The World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and other UN agencies launched an appeal for immediate international funding and logistical support…
Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Clashes in Kashmir after teacher dies in police custody

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Hundreds of protesters clashed with Indian security forces in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after police said a man detained over a security investigation died in police custody. Rizwan Asad Pandit, a 29-year-old chemistry teacher, was arrested as part of "terror case investigation", the police said in a statement on Tuesday. "The person…

How do Western media get Africa wrong?

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disaster has not only sparked conversations about aviation safety, but prompted a furious debate over how Western media outlets covered it. Some observers, such as The Atlantic’s Hannah Giorgis, noted the tragedy was reported unevenly, focusing more "on non-African passengers and organisations." This despite the fact that nine Ethiopians and…
Children’s rights could suffer after Brexit, charity warns

Children’s rights could suffer after Brexit, charity warns

London, United Kingdom - Thousands of children with EU citizenship or those of European nationals could fall through the cracks of the UK's registration system after Brexit, according to a UK charity. The Coram Children's Legal Centre released a report on Monday pointing to issues that might arise for children and young people in relation…
NZ leader vows to ‘absolutely deny’ mosque gunman a platform

NZ leader vows to ‘absolutely deny’ mosque gunman a platform

The "white supremacist" accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare on Tuesday she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views. "I agree that it is absolutely something that…
Relief reaches Zimbabwe’s cyclone survivors as death toll rises

Relief reaches Zimbabwe’s cyclone survivors as death toll rises

Chimanimani, Zimbabwe - Rescue efforts in eastern Zimbabwe picked up the pace on Tuesday in distressed areas from Cyclone Idai's trail of destruction with nearly 100 people dead and hundreds missing. Poor weather conditions and destroyed infrastructure hampered efforts by the military and humanitarian agencies to reach thousands of stranded people. A massive landslide blocked access to…
Thailand’s neglected northeast hopes for election ‘miracle’

Thailand’s neglected northeast hopes for election ‘miracle’

Waeng Noi, Thailand - As a deepening red sun slips from the sky behind the parched paddy fields of Isaan in Thailand's northeast, villagers walk their floppy-eared cows back home for the night and Pheu Thai hopeful Saratsanun Unnopporn makes her pitch for votes. The 30-year-old first time politician is one of 41 candidates on…

What has Russia gained from annexing Crimea?

Monday, March 18 marks five years since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.  Western countries condemned the move and imposed economic sanctions against Moscow. Coinciding with the anniversary, the EU, the US and Canada have introduced some more. Yet, Putin remains defiant. He said he's not returning Crimea to Ukraine and has visited the…
‘There was blood everywhere’: NZ mosque attack survivor

‘There was blood everywhere’: NZ mosque attack survivor

Christchurch, New Zealand - At about 2pm on Friday, when the gunfire at Christchurch's Linwood mosque finally let up, Abdi Sheikh Hassan found himself underneath a pile of bodies. Hassan says he was at the front of the mosque's prayer hall, close to the imam, when a man armed with an assault weapon approached the building…

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India-Pakistan cricket row over army caps and politics in sport

India-Pakistan cricket row over army caps and politics in sport

The controversy around the Indian cricket team wearing military caps on the field to pay homage to its troops has reignited a decades-old debate over the mixing of politics with sports. India's national side came under scrutiny for "militarising" the game after its players wore army camouflage caps during a match against Australia in the…
Lawsuit accusing Trump of violating Constitution gets hostile reception

Lawsuit accusing Trump of violating Constitution gets hostile reception

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Bam! Pow! White House report gets lightened up with superhero, ‘Star Wars,’ Monty Python names

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This big new White House report isn't a comic book — but some of the names in it belong in one. A list of "student interns" who worked on President Donald Trump's new "Economic Report of the President" includes the names of Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America's alter egos, "Monty Python" cast member John Cleese,…